Christ, our Substitute

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Matthew 8

14 Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. 15 So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them.

16 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

“He Himself took our infirmities

And bore our sicknesses.”

As we are now into Good Friday and headed into Resurrection Sunday, it is interesting that we are at this passage in our devotionals.  We need to consider more about Jesus Christ, about his love, his care, and his sacrifice for our sin.  “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” In every way, both in his life and in his death, Jesus was our substitution.  Mankind has deserved every sickness, every disease, every demon possession, every trouble and every death he has ever received.  Sin is so dark and so deep that we cannot ever say we don’t deserve what we get.  Yet Jesus has taken them all upon Himself.

Isaiah 53 makes this very clear.

4Surely He has borne our griefs  And carried our sorrows;  Yet we esteemed Him stricken,  Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,  He was bruised for our iniquities;  The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,  And by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray;  We have turned, every one, to his own way;  And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Without a substitute we would feel every pain, every sorrow, and every judgment of our sin.  We have much to be thankful for in that Jesus Christ, the only begotten of the Father, came to earth, took on human form, bore our grief’s, carried our sorrows, took our infirmities and our sicknesses upon Himself, so that we could be set free from all of the effects of our own sin and the sin of our parents before us.

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

 

Tonight at 7:00 join us for a focus on the Cross of Christ.  This will be a serious service of worship and reflection that will draw us into greater gratitude for and greater dedication to our Lord Jesus. 

Sunday morning we will be serving breakfast at the church starting at 9:00 and then our Resurrection service will be at 10:30.  I trust you will join us once again as we celebrate and rejoice in the power of God in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 

Do continue to pray with me for a troubled family in their time of great need.

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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